Non-DHCP VLAN Network ARP Problem with OVN

Tony Liu tonyliu0592 at
Mon Feb 15 00:56:47 UTC 2021

I use openstack cli.
"openstack subnet create" with "--no-dhcp" option.

From: Lazuardi Nasution <mrxlazuardin at>
Sent: February 14, 2021 04:48 PM
To: Tony Liu
Cc: openstack-discuss
Subject: Re: Non-DHCP VLAN Network ARP Problem with OVN

Hi Tony,

On my case, the DHCP port has IP address even I'm not using (disabling) DHCP on such network/subnet.

Best regards.

On Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 07:45 Tony Liu <tonyliu0592 at<mailto:tonyliu0592 at>> wrote:
I asked the same a while ago, didn't get answer.
When disable DHCP, a port is still created without IP address.
Not sure what this port is for?

From: Lazuardi Nasution <mrxlazuardin at<mailto:mrxlazuardin at>>
Sent: February 14, 2021 07:37 AM
To: openstack-discuss
Subject: Non-DHCP VLAN Network ARP Problem with OVN


One of our OpenStack clusters has a VLAN based network without DHCP enabled. The cluster uses OVN for SDN.That network has to be like it since it will be used for migrating the VMs from other platforms. I have untick the DHCP enable feature on creating that network at Horizon. After the network and subnet are created, I find that the DHCP port is still created even though it is in a down state. I try to delete that port but after some time, that port is back again.

When that DHCP port exists, we find that some VMs inside this OpenStack cluster resolve the MAC address of the IP of that disabled DHCP port to the MAC address of the DHCP port. The problem is coming since that IP is used to an existing VM/server outside this OpenStack cluster at the same VLAN, but it only happens for some VMs. Before this finding, I really disregard the existence of the DHCP port since it is down and I don't enable the DHCP feature. After that, I realize that it is a serious problem.

My questions are how to completely disable the DHCP feature for such a network, including its DHCP port? How can DHCP disabled networks with a down DHCP port still respond to the ARP request and why does it happen only for some VMs?

Best regards,

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